A Pottawatomie County judge on Thursday ordered a Junction City woman to repay more than $3,800 to the Kansas Medicaid Program after she pleaded guilty in March.
According to the Kansas Attorney General’s Office, Terry Sherrick, 50, pleaded guilty to making a false claim to the Medicaid program, theft and unlawful acts concerning computers.
District Judge Jeff Elder sentenced Sherrick to 12 months of probation, as well as eight months in the Kansas Department of Corrections.
The attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division revealed that between October 2015 to July 2016, Sherrick repeatedly checked her personal care attendant into Authenticare, the Medicaid electronic billing system, using her phone.
Sherrick said the attendant was providing home-based care when the employee was actually working for other employers.
The pay for the personal care services was placed into a joint checking account between the two individuals, and an analysis of the Medicaid payment data showed Sherrick billed 370 hours of overlapping time on behalf of her attendant.